The start of a new year means there are many school leavers assessing career options, as they move into the next phase of their lives.
This brings about a great opportunity for local businesses to harness some fabulous new talent, says NSW’s largest provider of apprenticeships and traineeships, Australian Business Limited Apprenticeships Centre (ABL Apprenticeships Centre).
Peter Rickard, Regional Manager Western NSW at ABL Apprenticeships Centre said, “For any business that has been thinking of strengthening its workforce, the start of the new year is a fantastic time to consider taking on an apprentice or trainee, as school leavers contemplate their career options.”
Hiring new staff or training existing employees through an Australian Apprenticeship not only allows the employee to gain valuable qualifications, but also the business benefits from specialist skills and committed employees, not to mention government funding. Rickard explained, “With a looming national skills shortage, the government is providing a host of incentives to businesses who up-skill staff through an apprenticeship or traineeship.”
The team at ABL Apprenticeships Centre are experts in vocational training. They not only advise local businesses on incentives available, tax rebates and all the paperwork, but they also provide advice and support to get your apprentice or trainee on the path to success.
One local company that has been working with ABL’s Peter Rickard is Moxon’s Bakery in Armidale. Manager Trent Rush says, “ABL Apprenticeships Centre provides valuable advice to us and has supported our trainees and apprentices for many years. Peter, working cooperatively with New England Institute of TAFE, has successfully provided mentoring and support to our current bakery apprentice, Matthew Sheela.”
ABL also offer a range of helpful materials and resources to assist in inducting, coaching and mentoring your apprentice or trainee and to help young adults adjust to full time work and study.
“Our unique mentoring resources provide support for both the employer and new apprentice or trainee. It’s especially helpful for businesses taking on an apprentice or trainee for the first time in that we can help with every aspect of getting them off to a smooth start,” Rickard said.
So, if you’re considering hiring an apprentice for the first time, or taking on a new one, contact Peter and his team from Australian Business Limited Apprenticeships Centre in Armidale on 1300 652 236. You can arrange for them to come and visit you for a complimentary consultation and see how they can help your business.
Moxon’s Bakery apprentice Matthew Sheelah and Manager Trent Rush with ABL Apprenticeships Centre Regional Manager Western NSW, Peter Rickard.